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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1978-11-24


Topics Live concert


Jack Straw, Sugaree, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Stagger Lee, Passenger, Candyman, Minglewood Blues, From The Heart Of Me, Loser, Promised Land I Need A Miracle-> Good Lovin', Friend Of The Devil, Estimated Prophet-> Shakedown Street-> Ollin Arrageed*-> Drums-> Fire On The Mountain-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Johnny B. Goode


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Capitol Theater
Location Passaic, NJ

Source Soundboard - FM
Lineage FM> Reel> CD

Notes

FM> Reel> CD; via Fred Dalrymple; Seeded to etree by Peter Braverman. [Note: A shntool-fixed-by-set version circulates.]

Reviews

Reviewer: lstern62 - - February 26, 2014
Subject: great audience recording / level off
This along with a Jerry Band show from the same time period and also from the Capital were some of my first Grateful Dead experiences. Beyond the beautiful treatment given the both "Friend of the Devil" & "Loser" This one of my a lll time favorite audience recordings. Why I don't know considering it is flawed. But i don't care.
Reviewer: Bocephus84 - - August 7, 2012
Subject: FOTD!
The friend of the devil is such a beauty. Ive listened to it over and over again. Jerry's solo is remarkable.
Reviewer: moth17 - - September 2, 2011
Subject: Wish I could hear it straight through.
If they're not allowing down loads, at least they could have a player that doesn't suck. One doesn't advance to the next track, and the other doesn't play at all. Lame.
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - - November 24, 2007
Subject: DVD??
Where is this DVD available from? I would love to have one in my grubby lil' hands--- is it available on the market anywhere, folks?? Clue us in if you got the low-down if it is not a problem......pretty please? These Cap shows are great--the visual aspect sure would be a bonus! To the hard and fast listening ears of one Stealthhippy @ the bottom of the reviews---your 1 star for this show is an obscene joke!!! I know opinions are subjective--but get real!!!
Reviewer: gumby69 - - July 6, 2007
Subject: Review.
I just watched the DVD of this show! Awesome! I basicaly just wanted it for the Sugaree but there are other rockin' tunes in this show as well worth having.
Reviewer: Mandojammer - - June 13, 2007
Subject: A Slice of History
5 of us made the drive up from Wilmington, DE to catch this one. We had no idea what we were in for. There was a buzz in the lot before the show that Jerry was not feeling well but we figured, what else is new? When he started croaking in Jack Straw (ironic that Bobby follows Jerry with "hurts my ears to listen, burns my eyes to see") we all knew something was off. He settled into what seemed to us a comfortable role with backing vocals - listening to this stream, it seems like the rest of the band brought things down when Jer sang his parts. I don't remember hearing it that way back then, but gimme a break, I don't remember breakfast much less 29 years ago. Whatever his vocals couldn't do, he poured heart and soul into the guitar - his playing on Sugaree is anthemic. Period. I know many others out there think this show was no big deal because they were starting to show their age and the cumulative effects of drugs and partying. I respectfully disagree - this show was pure magic and captures all that the Dead were about. Warts and all. Listen to the plaintive, painful opening of FOTM and try and convince me that this one doesn't deserve to be up there with the Mosque and Barton Hall shows??? Jerry from 7:58 to the end was channeling someone/something. Let this show be what you want it to be. For me, it was a gem in a crown spanning RFK 6/10/73 to Knickerbocker 6/22/95.

Peace - Be Well All!!
Reviewer: Zaorish - - May 31, 2007
Subject: Just stellar.
I listened to this concert straight through, because I'm on vacation, and wow! Excellent Fotd, Beautiful Sugaree, sweet Candyman, Best Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine Daydream ever imo, nice versions of Stagger Lee, Heart of me, a pretty Ollin Arrageed, and excellent Promised Land. Only letdowns are a somewhat quick Fire and a Shakedown St. which is acutely not quite as good as 11/20's.

There is something really great about this recording, though...non-song related bonunses are: Excellent sound on the drums and great clarity overall. The mix is a little off, though: Drums kinda dominate Jerry's guitar sometimes, which is not good.

Also, you get radio interviews with Donna, Bobby, and Mickey...Mickey's tale of his Egyptian adventures is great.

Plus, Bobby does a lot of joking around in the first set...Overall, definitely worth a listen despite the flaws.
Reviewer: tarpon - - May 31, 2007
Subject: timeless
my late brother gave me this bootleg in 1979 on a Maxell tape and to this day i believe the renditions of sugaree/loser/fire/sugar mags/sunshine are collectively the best i've heard
Reviewer: Wheelchairphan - - May 27, 2007
Subject: Vocals aside...
The tempo and the swing of this Loser is out of this world. I love the live Dead FM broadcast recordings. The subtle inperfections are what make the Grateful Dead the Grateful Dead. Donnas vocal here is cohesive in sections also. Estimated through Sugar Mags...amazing!
Reviewer: hjl1450 - - November 28, 2006
Subject: Jerry on and on
I haven't written a review for a long while. I like this show mostly for the Sugaree...it smokes but is soulful vintage '78 and slow like some great '77's. Jerry was sick but his long hair looked amazing. Less than a month later the closing of Winterland would also essentially close out the Donna/Keith era though some '79 shows remained.

Rockin' with the Dead since '76!!!
Reviewer: verylazylightning - - August 20, 2006
Subject: Pretty Darn Immortal
Yeah, people have been raving about this since the day after they performed. Can't agree more.
An excellent point is made in an excellent review
of this show in the Taping Compendium - the less
Jerry sings, the more he plays his guitar.
And that's a very good thing. Jerry could infuse
great soul and feeling in his voice, but so far as
technical considerations go, I think it was Guitar Player Magazine who infamously labelled him
as one of the all-time great bad singers of rock and roll. Or words to that effect.
His suffering is our gain on this one.
Reviewer: petey - - August 18, 2006
Subject: capitol theater 11/24/78
IT ALWAYS AMAZES ME HOW DIFFERENT PEOPLE'S OPINIONS ARE ABOUT DEAD SHOWS. I THINK IS ONE OF THE BEST OF ALL TIME.ALTHOUGH JERRY WAS REALLY SICK AND HAD NO VOICE TO SPEAK OF, IT DIDN'T
AFFECT HIS PLAYING AT ALL.STARTING OFF WITH A SMOKING JACK STRAW AND SUGAREE THERE ARE MANY
UNBELIEVABLE VERSIONS OF SONGS.TAKE A LISTEN AND
SEE WHAT YOU THINK!!
Reviewer: skuzzlebutt - - April 21, 2006
Subject: Forget the voice problems
Yes, Jerry was sick and his voice was hardly more than a croak. Yes, 1978, with some notable execeptions, was not a good year for the Dead. Nevertheless, I'd have to say this is one of the hottest shows of the year, probably a Top 5'er. Garcia is all over the second set in particular. (Plus, as someone said in a review of another show around here, people aren't into this band because they're great singers). Very tight "Jack Straw" and "Sugaree" to start the night, and everything from "Estimated" on is absolutely essential listening for anyone looking for the best moments of '78.
Reviewer: Catbert - - December 21, 2005
Subject: Haunting
Heard the show on the radio ...thought it was average with fairl bad vocals, but enjoyed Hunza El-Gin ... and then I heared the intro to Fire on the Mountain for the first time, easing out of the drums. Jerry, sick as a dog, turns on one of his filters and creates a soft song for the opening chords. I was blown away. After all these years, the vocals make me remember a remark he made in an interview that "you can never tell how well you'll play by the way you feel onstage."

What a sound he created for that song, better than any I'ver heard since, though I would love to be challenged ...
Reviewer: BillDP - - November 15, 2004
Subject: A Game But Ailing Garcia-Still A Great Show
I'll never forget listening to this show on the radio back in '78 in great anticipation of hearing The Dead and seeing what might be in store for me as I had tickets to see them on 11/30 at Madison Square Garden. A smokin' Jack Straw kicked things off but it was apparent early that something was not right with Garcia. His voice was creaky, shrill, nasal and congested. Song two made that even more clear as a game but ailing Garcia gave it his all during Sugaree. It was now a forgone conclusion that Jerry was pretty sick. Still, the show is red hot and even with Garcia's vocals not there, the playing was uncanny. Still the best versions of Jack Straw and Sugaree that I have ever heard. Oh yeah, after the show Garcia was hospitalized with virul pneumonia and bronchitis. :( Those tickets for 11/30 at MSG would not be valid now until 1/7/79 when the Dead re-scheduled the shows they had to cancel due to Jerry's illness. It was ok, the '79 show was hot and I had the distinction of attending the Grateful Dead's first ever gig at MSG! GET THIS 11/24/78 SHOW!!! You will not be sorry, it's simply amazing.
Reviewer: BillDP - - November 15, 2004
Subject: A Game But Ailing Garcia-Still A Great Show
I'll never forget listening to this show on the radio back in '78 in great anticipation of hearing The Dead and seeing what might be in store for me as I had tickets to see them on 11/30 at Madison Square Garden. A smokin' Jack Straw kicked things off but it was apparent early that something was not right with Garcia. His voice was creaky, shrill, nasal and congested. Song two made that even more clear as a game but ailing Garcia gave it his all during Sugaree. It was now a forgone conclusion that Jerry was pretty sick. Still, the show is red hot and even with Garcia's vocals not there, the playing was uncanny. Still the best versions of Jack Straw and Sugaree that I have ever heard. Oh yeah, after the show Garcia was hospitalized with virul pneumonia and bronchitis. :( Those tickets for 11/30 at MSG would not be valid now until 1/7/79 when the Dead re-scheduled the shows they had to cancel due to Jerry's illness. It was ok, the '79 show was hot and I had the distinction of attending the Grateful Dead's first ever gig at MSG! GET THIS 11/24/78 SHOW!!! You will not be sorry, it's simply amazing.
Reviewer: stealthhippy - - September 23, 2004
Subject: do not bother.....
unfortunately for all of us deadheads looking forward to a thanksgiving dead show, no one knew just how sick Garcia was ,yet he played the show and tried to sing(sounded more like chalk on a blackboard),but since it was a national radio show,the band kept playing on..we found out after the show that Jerry had pneumonia and was in the hospital for 10 days and the next month's shows were all cancelled.avoid at all costs..A for effort...F for the show.sorry guys.
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